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USS Page County (LST-1076)
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USS LST-1076 (1945 - 1955)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba)
Fourth Row - Vietnam Service Medal (5) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (2) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal



USS Page County (LST-1076) was transferred to Greece and renamed HS Kriti (L-171)
LST-542 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 16 March 1945, at Bethlehem Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, MA.
  • Launched, 14 April 1945
  • Commissioned, 1 May 1945 as USS LST-1076, LT. Grover L. Rawlings, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS LST-1076 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    LST Flotilla Thirty-Four, CAPT. C. A. H. H. Tiemroth;
    LST Group One Hundred One;
    LST Division Two Hundred One
  • Following World War II USS LST-1076 was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 8 to 24 September 1945
  • Decommissioned, 13 June1946, at Vancouver, WA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Named USS Page County (LST-1076), 1 July 1955
  • Recommissioned, 28 November 1960, at San Diego, CA.
  • During the Vietnam War USS Page County participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    28 to 30 June 1968
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    17 May to 30 June 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    1 July to 24 August 1968
    9 September to 18 October 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    1 July to 2 August 1970
    29 September to 8 October 1970
    1 November 1970
    Vietnam Winter=Spring 1970
    27 December 1969 to 25 January 1970
    30 January 1970
     

  • Decommissioned, 5 March 1971
  • Transferred to Greece (date unknown) to Greece under the Security Assistance Program, renamed HS Kriti (L-171)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 April 1978
  • Sold under the Security Assistance Program to Greece, 1 July 1978
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS Page County earned five campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications: (as reported by Office of Naval Intelligence-1945)
    Displacement 1,625 t.(lt), 4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    Draft
    (light) - 2' 4" fwd, 7' 6" aft
    (sea-going) 8' 3" fwd, 14' 1" aft
    (landing) 3' 11" fwd, 9' 10" aft (landing w/500 ton load)
    Speed 12 kts. (maximum)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    Officers 7
    Enlisted 104
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 16
    Enlisted 147
    Boats
    2 LCVP
    Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
    Typical loads
    One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies. A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck
    Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways. Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting
    Armament (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
    2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
    4 - Single 40MM gun mounts
    12 single 20MM gun mounts
    Propulsion
    two General Motors 12-567, 900hp Diesel engines
    two propellers
    twin rudders

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    USS Page County (LST-1076)
    Page County 133k USS Page County (LST-1076), and beyond her stern LCU-1499 and to the right LCU-1613, form the background as six LCVPs from USS Bayfield (APA-33) crossing the line of departure enroute to White Beach, during amphibious exercises, 18 November 1961.
    US Navy photo # NH 99245.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Page County 17k USS Page County (LST-1076) underway, date and location unknown. Photo by Lloyd King
    LST-1076 54k USS Page County (LST-1076) delivering mail off the coast of Vietnam, circa 1967. Photo by Terry Gann EM2 USNR Ret.
    LST-1076 100k USS Page County (LST-1076) along with, YFU-60, YFU-63 and six unidentified LCU/YFUs at the LCT/LCU Landing, Port of Cua Viet, South Vietnam, October 1968. Photo by Art Moore BU2 USN
    LST-1076 152k USS Page County (LST-1076) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, June 1969.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    LST-1076 126k USS Page County (LST-1076) beached at Vinh Long on the Mekong River, South Vietnam in 1970. Photo by Richard Haffey
    HS Kriti (L-171)
    LST-1076 126k Ex-USS Page County (LST-1076) in Greek service as HS Kriti (L-171) aerial view, date and place unknown. Tony Vrailas
    LST-1076 62k HS Kriti (L-171) loading M48A2 tanks at, Amphipolis Bay, Northern Greece, January 1975. Tony Vrailas
    LST-1076 62k HS Kriti (L-171) unloading amphibious vehicles, date and location unknown. Athanasios Papapostolou
    Potter County 340k Greek amphibious ships moored at the Salamis Naval Base, Greece, 31 August 1979.
    From left to right:
    Ex-USS LSM-399 - HS Ipopliarkhos Roussen (L-164)
    Ex-USS LSM-45 - HS Ipopliarkhos Grigoropoulos (L-161)
    Ex-USS LSM-102 - HS Ipopliarchos Toyrnas (L-162)
    Ex-USS Potter County (LST-1086) - HS Ikaria (L-154)
    Ex-USS Page County (LST-1076) - HS Kriti (L-171)
    Ex-USS Boone County (LST-389) - HS Lesbos (L-172)
    Ex-USS Bowman County (LST-391) - HS Rodos (L-157)
    Ex-USS LST-325 - HS Syros (L-144)
    Defense Imagery Photo # VIRIN: DN-SC-82-00333 by PHC C. Pedrick USN.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Page County (LST-1076)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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